1 move downward and lower, but not necessarily all the way; "The temperature is going down"; "The barometer is falling"; "The curtain fell on the diva"; "Her hand went up and then fell again" [syn: fall, go down, come down] [ant: rise, ascend]
2 come from; be connected by a relationship of blood, for example; "She was descended from an old Italian noble family"; "he comes from humble origins" [syn: derive, come]
- To pass from a higher to a lower place; to move downwards; to come or go down in any way, as by falling, flowing, walking, etc.; to plunge; to fall; to incline downward
- To enter mentally; to retire. [Poetic]
- [He] with holiest meditations fed, Into himself descended. Milton.
- To make an attack, or incursion, as if from a vantage ground;
to come suddenly and with violence; -- with on or upon.
- And on the suitors let thy wrath descend. Pope.
- To come down to a lower, less fortunate, humbler, less virtuous, or worse, state or station; to lower or abase one's self; as, he descended from his high estate.
- To pass from the more general or important to the particular or less important matters to be considered.
- To come down, as from a source, original, or stock; to be derived; to proceed by generation or by transmission; to fall or pass by inheritance; as, the beggar may descend from a prince; a crown descends to the heir.
- intransitive anatomy To move toward the south, or to the southward.
- intransitive music To fall in pitch; to pass from a higher to a lower tone.
- To go down upon or along; to pass from a higher to a lower part
of; as, they descended the river in boats; to descend a ladder.
- But never tears his cheek descended. Byron.
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